My interest in Roman history began when I lived in Shropshire. Much was made of the archaeological find at Wroxeter and now it is a thriving visitor attraction.
Scotland too has a fascinating Roman history and I'm delighted to learn that, at last, the fort near Stracathro Hospital, on the border of Angus and Perthshire, is being surveyed by archaeologists.
The site is the world's most northerly Roman fort although that accolade is now threatened owing to the discovery of new possible Roman fortifications north of Inverness and the Moray Firth in the 1990s. They have yet to be verified by the RCAHMS that they are true Roman structures.
Map courtesy of Wikipedia
The Gask Ridge system is said to have been constructed between 70 and 80 AD and was completed 42 years before construction started on Hadrian's Wall. The Antonine Wall was started 12 years after completion of Hadrian's Wall and although the Gask Ridge was not a wall, it may be Rome's earliest fortified land frontier. The fortifications roughly follow the boundary between Scotland's fertile Lowlands and the mountainous Highlands.
How the Gask Frontier fitted into the framework of Roman activity in Scotland isn't known, but it appears to have been short-lived and to have been deliberately demolished by the Romans.
Unfortunately, what little remained has been dug up by modern agriculture machinery and it's unfortunate Scotland can't promote 'The Roman Gask' to attract visitors to the country, although Ardoch Roman fort has survived and is well worth visiting. It doesn't feature on the Visit Scotland website I notice.
A long term study project by the University of Liverpool, states that 'it now seems that the Gask system is the first Roman land frontier anywhere'.
Before winter sets in - or 8 September when the survey supposedly finishes - I hope there will be a day free of rain when I can visit Stracathro to hear further discoveries. My wish for a rain-free day may not be fulfilled if this summer is anything to go by.